Do you usually get judgemental looks saying you work as a freelance copywriter or are striving to become one?
Or do you yourself have doubts about becoming a freelance content writer?
Then here’s a secret from one copywriter to another: you can completely change your income potential once you start thinking like an entrepreneur and tweak your approach towards freelance copywriting.
Let’s look at a few avenues of freelance copywriting that can be your home-based side hustle you can start even while working full-time as I do:
1. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Writing
Every organization wants its website or mobile-optimized site to rank higher in the search engines. The search engines are more likely to rank a website with original quality content. SEO copywriting should capture the search engine traffic to serve the potential customers, and at the same time, be SEO friendly. You can offer this service on freelance content writer job platforms to have some extra cash coming in.
2. Resumes and Cover Letter Writing
It is a well-known fact that recruiters spend just 6 seconds to evaluate an individual’s resume. A job seeker needs to make those seconds count and grab eyeballs. Often job seekers tend to write lengthy resumes losing focus on important details.
A copywriter can leverage their skill to craft compelling resumes, highlighting the right skills of the job seeker in an engaging way, making a strong impact on the potential employer. They can turn into a professional resume writer and be a game-changer for many job seekers, who will happily pay for their writing services to land that dream job.
3. Blog Writing
Blogs are easy to use and an important marketing strategy tool to share thoughts, opinions, insights, and news. Blogs can be personal, niche-based, or business-oriented. In a personal blog, the copywriter has the freedom to choose the topic, tone, theme, approach, and direction. The stickiness of the content will bring in viewers and ultimately make it profitable. You could also work for a blog network or a company to blog about and for them as I do. Working for a digital marketing company like ClickDo Ltd. helped me learn about blogging and managing a range of blogs in various niches, where I act as a chief editor and also manage the guest posting services.
4. Event Marketing Collateral Writing
Collaterals at a business event, workshop, or conference help create a brand identity, weave a story for the brand, and support the business message. Collaterals such as brochures, leaflets, product catalogs add value to the delegates and help them take something tangible from the event. A killer copywriting for such collaterals is essential to reach the right audience and promote the business also online via email marketing for example.
5. Biography and Memoir Writing
Biographies and memoirs provide a closer look at an individual’s life and vision. Well written biographies and memoirs for a magazine, brochure, website, or even LinkedIn, have a high impact in influencing and inspiring people. Best-selling biographies or memoirs of celebrities, politicians, notable personalities, or even regular people with a compelling story have a chance of being turned into a movie, TV show, or web series.
6. Script Writing
This is a great time to be delving into scriptwriting, as it’s not just for feature-films anymore. Today a script can be written for short films, web series, YouTube videos, video games. If you have a passion for drama or digital storytelling and providing entertainment to an audience then you can start to promote your services online on sites like Craigslist, Glassdoor, Indeed, to mention a few. After you get a few projects assigned, you can build your own website to showcase these in your portfolio.
7. Annual Report Writing
Every public company is required to publish an annual report, incorporating all the important details without putting its reader to sleep. A freelance writer can provide their proficiency to simplify, but at the same time give the report a professional tone.
8. Writing eBooks
Publishing has become easier in the digital age, and eBooks are a great way to create a passive income stream. You could either work with an organization or self-publish. Organizations use eBooks as a marketing tool to entice customers to make a purchase. As a self-publisher, you have complete control over the topic, tone, marketing, and customer base. See my Kindle eBook here, in which I also explain in detail how to earn an income as a writer.
9. Specialist Writing
Over the last few years, technical or specialist writing has become an upcoming profession. Technical writing entails documenting software manuals, product details, help guides in a readable, user-friendly manner. Freelance copywriters have an opportunity here to upskill and discover a niche market such as medicine, law, or education. With distance and online learning becoming a common feature, you could be a subject matter expert to lead the academic curriculum design to meet the needs of students and teachers. Or you could write a niche blog about your own expertise like the money-saving expert did, which you can read more about in my article here.
You probably have a fair idea about ghostwriting and how it works. Ghostwriters are hired by people who are not good at writing and don’t have the time to invest in learning the craft. Ghostwriting takes the pressure off of marketing and promotion of the work and provides you the exposure in various niches such as books, columns, eBooks, blog posts, speeches, social media, white papers, and even song lyrics.
11. Business Plan and Business Proposal Writing
With everyone riding high on the start-up business wave, it is essential to have a kickass business proposal and business plan to instantly win an affirmative nod from the investors or a client. A writer can infuse life in the vision and mission of the entrepreneur and business with words.
Other forms of freelance writing are grant writing, speechwriting, press releases, media kits, PowerPoint presentations, translation, and transcription, so you’re left with so many options to explore and turn into money-making opportunities.
As a freelance content writer, it is important to find your niche and test and practice writing in multiple domains first before you identify your true writing talent and passion. Once you have an idea of what it is you love writing about, you should upskill and learn more about it, even go to the length of doing a course, which will improve your chances to become a professional in your chosen niche and command the right price.
Blogger and Educator by Passion | Senior Online Media & PR Strategist at ClickDo Ltd. | Contributor to many Education, Business & Lifestyle Blogs in the United Kingdom & Germany | Summer Course Student at the London School of Journalism and Course Instructor at the SeekaHost University.